A Practical Guide to the Qualitative Dissertation: For Students and Their Advisors in Education, Human Services and Social Science / Edition 1

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Overview

How do you write a good qualitative dissertation? This book offers advice about and examples of the primary tasks and hidden complications in writing a qualitative dissertation. The long process of bringing a dissertation to completion involves making many choices-substantive, organizational, and interpersonal. This guidebook takes you through the process-from the first formulation of the topic and selection of a committee to development of an argument and, finally, preparation for the defense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747605
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 386,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Thinking About the Dissertation     1
Advice     2
What Is a Qualitative Dissertation?     4
Who Do We Imagine You Are?     6
What This Book Is     7
What Makes a Good Dissertation?     9
Three Dissertations and Their Genesis     10
The Qualities of a Good Dissertation     12
Coming Up with an Idea for the Dissertation     15
Doing an Interdisciplinary Dissertation     17
Narrative Authority     21
Making an Argument     25
Forms of Argument     26
Dissertation Advisors and Committees     30
The Committee as Audience     31
Dissertation Advisors     33
Working with Your Committee     36
Learning Lessons from Frustration     37
Thinking About Criticism     40
Thinking About Committees     41
The Protection of Human Subjects     43
The Functions of an IRB     44
Navigating the Policies of IRBs     45
Standard Forms for an IRB Review     47
Specific Advice     49
Balancing Ethics and Strategy     50
A Researcher's Story:Getting IRB Approval     51
The Qualitative Proposal     55
Statement of the Problem and Purpose of the Study     56
The Literature Review     62
Methods and Procedures     63
Organization     64
Concluding Section     65
Common Questions About the Proposal     66
The Chapters     59
What Should You Write First?     70
The Reliable Narrator     70
The Introduction     71
The Literature Review     76
Methods and Procedures     79
The Data Chapters     82
The Conclusion     87
Writing as Work-Getting It Done     89
The Significance of Public Exposure     90
Self-Confidence, Cultural Capital, and the Dissertation Project     91
Writing Groups for Dissertation Support     92
Getting Started, Keeping Going, and Getting It Done     94
Perseverance     96
Writing as Style     98
Using Your Time     100
A Few Words on Style     101
The Defense of the Qualitative Dissertation     105
The Defense: A Definition and Description     106
Preparation for the Defense      109
The Defense as a Performance     110
Nontraditional Dissertations     116
What Is a Nontraditional Dissertation?     117
The Attractions of the Form     118
Considering the Nontraditional Qualitative Dissertation     120
Advice     122
References     123
Resource Guide     129
Index     133
About the Authors     141
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